Research finding summaries

Can Union Caucuses Change the World?

In March 2020, New York City became the U.S. epicenter of the emerging Covid-19 crisis. Yet neither city leaders, nor school district officials, nor teacher union leadership provided a meaningful response to a mounting public health crisis. Instead, the city’s fledgling social justice teachers’ union caucus, MORE, rose to [...]

By |2022-12-07T16:28:50-05:00Dec 7, 2022|

Can Fixed Duration Strikes Work?

On September 12th, 2022, approximately 15,000 nurses went on strike across Minnesota and Wisconsin in one of the largest private sector work stoppages by nurses in U.S. history. Workers demanded increased staffing and higher wages to retain nurses after working for over two years through a deadly pandemic. In [...]

By |2022-11-30T06:59:12-05:00Nov 30, 2022|

Studying Las Vegas reveals military sites contribute to environmental injustices

The story of military sites contributing to environmental injustices in Las Vegas offer us an important lesson of accountability on the U.S. Military for environmental injustices. Those on the frontlines, including nearby civilians and lower-rank military personnel, are more likely to experience detrimental health and environmental impacts from defense-related operations. Therefore, when thinking about contributors to environmental injustices, we must include the military into the equation.

By |2022-11-23T07:30:00-05:00Nov 23, 2022|

Rethinking the “human warehouse”: economic life in the austere prison

When he first arrived at Eastern Correctional Facility, in the spring of 2010, Juan wasn’t too concerned about his personal finances. After all, he thought, wasn’t the prison system going to provide him with “three hots and a cot”, if nothing else? It only took him a few days [...]

By |2022-11-16T09:30:12-05:00Nov 16, 2022|

Women and Household Labor in Contemporary China

A long-standing element of the Chinese revolution since the 19th century is the liberation of women, especially from patriarchy, and the related physical bondages and family/social obligations. Naturally, the communists and their allies have always focused on moving women out of the tiresome and disciplining household labor. Chairman Mao [...]

By |2022-11-02T08:44:18-04:00Nov 2, 2022|

The Brahmin Left, the Merchant Right, and the Bloc Bourgeois

In the 2020 U.S. presidential elections, higher-income households voted more for Trump whereas Biden was more supported among higher-education individuals (college graduates and postgraduates). In the French 2022 presidential elections, higher-income and education individuals voted more for the right-center candidate Macron (compared for the far-right candidate Le Pen). As [...]

By |2022-10-26T14:20:29-04:00Oct 26, 2022|

Playing to submission: IT industry and game capitalism

In the tradition of previous labor ethnographies, my forthcoming book – Playing to Submission: IT Industry and Game Capitalism – takes on an ethnographic adventure into the heart of a U.S. tech company, to observe its front stage and behind the scenes, and to uncover the logic behind a fun game-playing cooperative environment.

By |2022-10-12T06:36:27-04:00Oct 12, 2022|

Why a 19th century concept of “social murder” is very much relevant today

The social murder concept makes explicit the source of excessive morbidity and premature death experienced by the working class in today’s society. Hopefully, it can stimulate public resistance to our exploitative economic system that sickens and then kills so many today.

By |2022-09-28T06:26:27-04:00Sep 28, 2022|

Reorganizing the Core: Precarity, Organizing and the Labour Process in South African Manufacturing

Much of the analytical focus on the conditions of precarious work has been centred in the Global North. This can, in part, be explained by the novelty of the phenomenon in contrast to the Global South where paid work, to some extent, has always been precarious. In South Africa, [...]

By |2022-09-21T20:07:51-04:00Sep 21, 2022|
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